Since I have been working on improving my photo-taking skills, I find that sometimes my biggest hang-up for getting quality photos is that I look like a doofus in so many of the photos I take of myself. I still get seriously awkward in front of my camera lens sometimes (and waaaay more so when my husband tries to take photos for me, although I seem to be okay when my mom takes the photos – I have no idea why.) To help overcome this, I watched the CreativeLive class How to Set Up 10 Essential Poses by Lindsay Adler.
The class walks through 10 basic poses (standing, sitting, laying, couples, etc.) with live models, talks about how to arrange the pose to best effect, and then how to make each pose look like it’s a variety of poses by changing small things such as arm or leg placement. It is designed for photographers working with models, but it gave me a lot of great ideas for how I can treat myself like a model and not end up with photos that feel contrived or awkward because I don’t know what to do with my body. It’s a miniature version of a much longer class with the same teacher, and I think that with the 1.5 hrs of material, it’s a good length for us amateur photographers/models – there’s a lot of helpful content without getting lost in a sea of information that isn’t relevant because I’m not a professional fashion photographer.
What I found most helpful about the class was that Lindsay talked about ways to position the body in relation to the camera for best effect. She demonstrated them on herself, her live model, and in slides. It was amazing to me the difference it made to angle the body in slightly different directions and helped me start to understand why I can have stacks of photos of myself taken at the same time in the same outfit and think I’m beautiful in some of them and not-looking-my-best in others.
As I said, I thought this class had some really helpful information in it and I recommend it to anyone else that is trying to up their photography game, even if they are their own model!
Disclosure: CreativeLive gave me this class for free to thank me for the review I wrote about a previous class. I was not required to review this class and did so only because I like the material and wanted to share it. All opinions are my own.